What are we doing at Alby during the COVID -19 Pandemic?

We want to inform you of the actions we are taking as a business to protect our cleaners and our clients as far as possible during the COVID-19 outbreak. On the other hand, we do not need to point out that a clean house is even more essential during these times.

  • We are in constant contact with all our cleaners and are asking them and yourselves to take all the precautions you can.
  • If you or anyone in your household have any symptoms, please let us and your cleaner know as soon as possible.
  • We have also informed our cleaners to do the same if they or anyone in their household displays any symptoms.
  • We have always ensured that the same cleaner attends the same clients each clean and that our cleaners only use the clients’ cleaning materials, to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Alby Estates and our cleaners would like to thank you for your continued support at this difficult time, it is much appreciated.

Latest government advice

  • Work in the home like cleaning can continue provided the person carrying out the work has no symptoms and that no-one in their household is shielding or self-isolating
  • Social distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained
  • Travel to and from this type of work is allowed
  • Face coverings must be worn.
  • No work should be carried out by any tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild
  • More details can be found on the government website here

For the safety of both Clients and Cleaners, we have introduced the following rules:

  • Cleaners must not clean if anyone in their household has symptoms (however mild), shielding or self-isolating
  • Clients must not allow cleaning if anyone in their household has symptoms (however mild), shielding or self-isolating
  • Clients must stay in a different room to the cleaner. Social distancing of at least 2 metres must always be maintained.

Cleaning is one of the few exceptions for entering people’s homes; it is incredibly important that cleaners respect Government guidelines and clients’ wishes when they are entering a property.

  • Cleaners must always observe social distancing of 2 metres from anyone in the property
  • Face coverings are mandatory.
  • As always, cleaners must never under any circumstances, take anyone (including children) with them to a clean.

All cleaners must follow our detailed cleaning and safety guidelines

These are based on the latest guidelines from Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland and the NHS.

  • Thoroughly wash their hands before, during and after their cleans with warm soapy water. Or use hand sanitiser.
  • Surfaces should be cleaned using regular products and then where possible, disinfected using a product that is certified to kill 99.9% of germs, such as Dettol Antibacterial Surface Cleaner Spray or a bleach-based spray
  • Special attention should be paid to “high touched” areas such as door and cupboard handles, light switches, TV remotes, tables, countertops etc
  • Warm water (not hot or cold) should be used when cleaning surfaces and mopping floors, to maximise the effectiveness of cleaning products
  • Use disposable or machine washable gloves
  • Open windows where possible for ventilation
  • Wash cleaning cloths and mop covers at a high temperature (60°C or above) after every use
  • Avoid shaking dirty laundry and soft furnishings such as bathmats and rugs